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It’s a year of celebration for Provincetown and the magic number is 100. For a century ago this August, the community began building the 252-foot tall Pilgrim Monument, its proclamation that the Mayflower actually launched the nation here, docking in Provincetown Harbor on Nov. 21, 1620, weeks before arriving in Plymouth. A special Centennial Celebration is scheduled for Aug. 20, 100 years to the day of the structure’s cornerstone laying ceremony.

“Everyone is very excited about it,” said James R. Bakker, executive director of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. “In 1907, President (Theodore) Roosevelt arrived in his presidential yacht, the Mayflower. This is not quite as grand, but we do have a number of state legislators and visitors coming here specifically for this event. It’s definitely got people here stirred up locally, if not nationally.”

The Pilgrim Monument wasn’t Provincetown’s only major happening in 1907. That same summer, Provincetown Capt. Marion Perry brought home the famous Lipton Cup, when his schooner, the Rose Dorothea, won the first Fisherman’s Race during Boston’s Old Home Week celebration. Perry had wanted to stay home and fish, but his wife, the boat’s namesake, insisted he go win the silver trophy and the $650 prize offered by Thomas Lipton of the Lipton Tea empire.

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